If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance.
The year in review...2015...
YEAR OF THE PUPS AND TRUCKS
Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.
We enjoyed 2015 even though it did start off on a sadder note than we would like.
Ah yes, begin with the bad news and work our way to the good news...seems our way of ways, eh.
Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant:
Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you're sure to be right.
Fixins never made it to be 14 years old...her mother Makins blessed us with 16 years of fun, but Fixins went sooner than that...I guess we have been royally spoilt with longevity in our canines...a fortunate circumstance indeed.
RatRanch Fixins R Higgins - July 14, 2001 - April 21, 2015
Bless that brave heart and soul of our Princess Warrior dog, Fixins. We miss her ever so much and even just posting some photos of her near brings me to but I understand, you cannot love that much and not have to continue to endure that strong of an emotion as to think she will ever be forgotten.
Our Red ACD Beast...she would approve indeed of us always, always Carp Diem...seizing the day...or in her take on the world, BITING!!
We now know for certain why the Fruitcup chose to go when she did. If she had not gone when she did, I would not have contacted the former Secretary of the Australian Cattle Dog Club (we were both secretary's at the same time for each of our country's, me for Canada, her for Oz) and started to ready ourselves for the two girl dogs, Emmy and Lacy.
Thank you dearest Fixins...you knew better than Rick and I did, why you decided it was your time to go and how impeccable the timing was.
Miss you EVER so much...fur EVER & EVER until we meet again at that Rainbow Bridge...to romp and frolic for an eternity.
I think that God limited the human lifespan so that we couldn't just keep voting, "Present."
WATERFALL, POND, WIND SOCKS & POND PLANTATIONS
So the pond and waterfall, the pump in the pond quit which gave Rick and I the opportunity to decide...replace the water feature with a spray pump like we had or do something dif. We chose to do something different...
We upgraded the water feature in the center of the pond to a tiered "bird bath." Never pondered this aspect and decided to "go for it" since the cost was roughly the same as replacing the water feature that we had had before.
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
The birds LOVE getting fresh flowing water drinks that spill from the EGG shaped top.
Now come on...what could be more perfect for a place like Pear-A-Dic than to have an EGG shaped top?
We also made a pilgrimage to a solely focussed seller of wind socks--something we had wanting to be doing but never set aside the time...all the windsocks previously had been dollar store finds and finding them lasting one season at best, made running out of windsocks a realty. We purchased some more sturdy wind sock fishies from a huge assortment of choices...marvelous! Rick also chose some tall fiberglass poles (which barely lasted the summer, so that will need addressing this year when pond season returns)...we adore the flapping flags, especially coming home to see them acting like fish in a fast flowing stream, dancing all about to welcome us HOME SWEET HOMELY!
The plants Rick chose have turned out AWESOME.
Let's see if I can remember ALL of them.
Iris, forget-me-nots, cattails, two hardy waterlilies, arrow grass, duck weed, water hyacinth, and and...I think that's them all!
The Koi figure the pond is even MORE perfect...enjoying the more natural feature the real plants provide and we love watching how the growing plants change the dynamics in the pond. Never a dull moment of same old, same old with live plants flourishing in the pond.
How successful were the plants?
And the most delightful part...some of the old stand by items Rick has in this water feature...well those were continued to be highly enjoyed too.
Emmy using 1 of 2 of the pond side goldfish water spitters - Puppy approved!!
So it was indeed the year of the Suburban...TWO of them...
As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.
While we were pretty shaken up after losing Fixins...we decide that on May 1st, it would do us good to quit moping around and bursting into tears and to go out and do what we normally do. Vintage Vehicle Swamp Meet is an annual trip we do to get winter off our backs and start thinking about SPRINGING forth and getting to do more activities OUTSIDE!
Why always "not yet"? Do flowers in spring say "not yet"?
Well "Heavens to Murgatroyd!" as Snagglepuss would say...so ever glad we did.
All are 4 wheel drives, extremely low mileage...both have air...the 1980 blue and white one is WAY more loaded and is the SUMMER Sub and she is the first what we can quip as a true honest BARN FIND we have managed to acquire.
Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear.
AWESOME doesn't even come close to how happy these Subs have made us...
And the 1988 white one is the WINTER SUB
TALK about DOG BUSSES eh!
I have now begun referring to Rick as Mr. Sub...bloomin' well deserves the title...keeper of the '80's subs!
Ian Fleming, From Russia with Love:
But I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time.
Suddenly one day my heart will fail. The Iron Crab will get me as it got my father.
But I am not afraid of The Crab. At least I shall have died from an honourable disease.
Perhaps they will put on my tombstone "This Man Died from Living Too Much."
...adding in front of the man...MR SUB!
What to do with your one life? The same thing you would do if you had two lives, and this were the second.
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG PUPPER GIRLS
The loss of the Fix was devastating to our family...but part of the recovery process is get on with living. One day you have to drag yerself up, wipe off the tears, dust of the dirt from rolling about in misery and GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!
If you had told us 30 years ago that we would one day be importing REAL LIVE CATTLE POOPS from the country of origin...I would have laughed in yer face...rudely too! "Bwa ha ha...ha ha, NO WAY!!"
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
Puppers arrived here in Canada on August 4, we were there with bells on to receive them and well, the rest of the time has become almost a blur with all the good times had by all. BLUR of FUR & FUN!
August 5, 2015
Now of course, we spent alot of our time pre-puppies getting ready. I hauled out my 14 year old puppy playground items, inspect what was worthy of refitting and using and when the girls arrived, they just sorta slid into the routine of having a grand old time.
Aug 5, It was like they were BORN to TUG off the Tuggy Timber equip...
Sep 6, 2015 - Puppy girls in Puppy Playground
From the water splish water tub, to the sand pit, tire toy, teeter totter, balance beam, raised up wooden crate (with area to dive under it and then ATTACK yer fellow pupper!), huge double towered boxes of dog toys--yeh...indeed indeedy...it was and still IS a fab place to play!
"Help...HELP! I have fallen and I cannot get up!"
August 6, 2015
To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
Right from the first full day of arrival...
Pinch me perfect...what a view!
All the work we did in preparation for puppy arrival...D-Day (DOG DAY!), was ever so well received...
August 8, 2015 - Pups sharing biscuits and quiet play time
The fond happy memories were all there beginning to happen, from the first few days of their arrivals.
August 6, 2015 - What angelic dreamers, dreaming of all the fun to be continued to be had!
Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister:
There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back.
I think this past year of veg garden planting was the most fun one I have ever planned and gone thru...sugar peas for the pups...
August 28, 2015 - Pretty puppies awaiting me handing them over the fresh garden PEAS I have for them
The dogs slid right in like it was meant to be.
Sep 19, 2015 - hanging about with the sheeps
Sep 22, 2015 - Pasture pals...grazing together??
The two girls loved hanging about with each other and it was wonderful to see them just being a pair of pups!
Oct 9, 2015 - Pair of book ends??
But one must never forget...each dog has their own set of personalities...
Oct 1, 2015 - Lacy the Love Bug, loves to toss toys and bat at them
Hard not to smile (bust out laughing even) at the girl's antics...
Oct 1, 2015 - Emmy the Thinker...contemplating her next action or inaction
Oct 1, 2015 - Lacy enjoying crabapples...
Stephen Vincent Benét:
Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
A dusting of snow, put a whole new set of dynamics in the Puppy Playground.
Oct 3, 2015
When the winter whites of the Great White North finally settled in for more good...the girls could not wait to go a romping and enjoying how easy it is to rehydrate, any time you wanna. Fans of the SNOW CONES!
Nov 18, 2015
George Santayana, "War Shrines," Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies, 1922:
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
And natural herding instinct with a care of your stocks...in them ACDs like no tomorrow!
Oct 15, 2015 - Helping me with chores - gently and patiently herding up the yard chooks
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take,
all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.
Sometimes the gals look puppish...
Nov 11, 2015 - looking like pups!
Sometimes older than their years...
Dec 27, 2015 - Emmy
December 25, 2015 - Snow nosed Lacy
But ever all and all, no matter if dog or pup looking...the two are indeedy the best of budsters!
November 24, 2015 - up to no good playing in the snows
Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
So much joy, happiness, purpose to greet each day by biting the moments...and relishing them as savoury memories in the making
Christmas Day - with glitter snows in the background...how perfect is this?
Ah yes, lest we forget them birdles...
July 4, 2015 - View past the wild roses & into the bird yard!
Charles Baudelaire, "Enivrez-vous," Paris Spleen, 1869:
Now is the time to get drunk! To stop being the martyred slaves of time, to get absolutely drunk —
on wine, poetry, or on virtue, as you please.
Lots of lovely weather to be enjoyed by the critters, out and about in the GREEN season.
August 28, 2015 - Ozzies, meet the Ozzies!
More Australian Black Swanny eggs were produced.
July 24, 2015
Pearl & Piper got more serious about making more of themselves...but Piper has to learn about his contribution to the eggs besides incubating them. Good thing Blacks may live to be 40 years old in captivity...LOTSA time to figure it all out.
July 30, 2015
This photo of an F2 Golden Laced Wy went on to make it to the top 30 for the 2016 BYC Calendar
Dogs and Ducks - 2015
My fav...ducks and dogs... What fine girls for being ever so good around all them quackers!
Ah my, sun, summer and the growing of one's garden! What is more timeless, predictably going to be fun...than vegetable gardening!
Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966:
Fields can lie fallow, but we can't; we have less time.
May 11, 2015
With Rick's help and encouragement, in went a new tater and corn patch...
July 6, 2015
It was such a rip ROARing success...we shall do this all over again in 2016 but with TWICE the width on the 50 foot rows. Yee haw!
George M. Adams:
We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.
Sep 4, 2015 - Who be that peaking into the veg garden??
You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
Need some inspiration to set some time aside to get planning to get yer garden growing...
Yeh, dat be me holding up the coveted SUGAR PEA for them puppers!
You may delay, but time will not.
Garden a beginning...
June 12, 2015 - tilled, raised beds made, seeds planted...
Sun shall shine, rain shall fall and before you know it...
July 13, 2015
L00kit yer garden GROW!
Sep 19, 2015 - Some of the bounty harvested
Francis Bacon, Essays :
A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time.
I got me seed catalogues piling up in me mailbox...oh my, what fun awaits us indeed for 2016 growing season!
Sep 21 2015 - Want an apple Lacy...well do you Sweetness?
And not jest veg or fruit...eye candy too grows...
I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour.
I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity.
John Henry Cardinal Newman:
Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.
Ah so many joys in the coming to brighten our lives.
Mother Bluebird...looking a tad ragged from hatching the brood she is not feeding.
Father Bluebird...Looking a tad more dapper than his female counter part
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Common House Wren singing his lungs out - pair nested in house on Man Porch and successfully raised a fine brood
BUILDS for 2015
And last but never least...three builds for 2015...
There is a bunch of things we mean to do, and life is the time we spend meaning to do them.
Sep 18 2015 - lift first half of roof
Sep 20, 2015 - Metal siding on building
Sep 21, 2015 - Metal on roof
Arthur Miller, After the Fall, 1964:
The word "now" is like a bomb through the window, and it ticks.
Sep 30, 2015 - Working on last half of roof
Oct 16, 2015 - Lifting last half of roof
Oct 16, 2015 - full roof on
Oct 24, 2015 - Starting to park vehicles in building
Nov 3, 2015 - Tarps up for weather protection
Nov 24, 2015 - Tucked in for Winter time
Larry McMurtry, Some Can Whistle:
If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
Elec power for the house is upgraded and the new gen set all wired in and done.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.
Replace tenplast roof on Coop fur Sure
First chicken building built here
Coop fur Sure with tenplast roof
If I could only remember that the days were, not bricks to be laid row on row, to be built into a solid house,
where one might dwell in safety and peace, but only food for the fires of the heart.
Sep 19, 2015
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life:
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Complete the perimeter around the Taj Mahal
Rick built me the Taj Mahal as the last bird building I would need.
four pairs of Mandarin Ducks reside in the Taj
Here is a post on BYC on the making of the Taj Mahal
July 22, 2015
Don't put off your happy life.
Jul 12, 2015
Ruth E. Renkl:
You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
And so it has gone fur every day...jest another day in Pear-A-Dice!!!
Yiipppeeee! It's a new day! A special day. It's today!
Happy New year of 2016
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada
Edited repeatedly because the power popped when I began this post a few days back...saving as I load up each set of photos and info & now moi DONE!
Edited by CanuckBock - 1/6/16 at 11:42am